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Calculating Dimensional Weight for Shipping: A How to Guide
Regardless of whether you dispatch orders from a central distribution hub or collaborate with a third-party logistics provider, a package's weight significantly influences the shipping cost and method. Yet, in the realm of logistics, it's not solely about the physical weight; the dimensional weight stands as an essential metric. So, what is dimensional weight, and why is it significant?
Revolutionizing Field Service: How Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing Enhanced Efficiency with Ruggedized Surface Go Tablets and Secure Payment Solutions
Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing has been serving central and south Texas since 1950 with one goal in mind – ensuring customers get their money’s worth. This is truly embodied in everything they do, even down to the solutions used by their field technicians.
MobileDemand Launches AI-Powered Multi-Mode Mobile Dimensioning System
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – September 19, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of xDIM™, an innovative multi-mode, mobile dimensioning and weighing solution designed to deliver speed and efficiency in the warehouse and beyond. Unlike stationary dimensioning systems, xDIM is a portable, versatile tool that quickly and accurately captures dimensions of boxes, irregular items and pallets with a simple point-and-click of a rugged tablet, anywhere in the warehouse.
Ultimate Guide to Mounting Rugged Tablets: Forklift Mount Value Bundles
Navigating the intricacies of forklift mounting solutions can sometimes feel like you're walking through a maze with no exit. The individual components, the tech specifications, and above all, the sticker shock associated with high-end tablets can be daunting. I've felt the frustration from my clients firsthand, as they grapple with these concerns. They want efficiency, but at what cost?
Rugged Tablet Leader MobileDemand Announces Strategic Partnership with Wearable Scanning Innovator ProGlove
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – August 24, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and mobile all-in-one computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced a new partnership with ProGlove, a leading global innovator in wearable scanning solutions. This strategic collaboration merges ProGlove's cutting-edge wearable scanners with MobileDemand's robust line of rugged tablets, propelling frontline worker productivity and efficiency across warehouse operations and beyond.
Size vs Strategy: Optimizing Warehouse Management Through Technology-Driven Organization
Warehouse management has undergone a significant evolution with the advent of cutting-edge technology and the need for more efficient logistics. Many businesses mistakenly believe that larger warehouse space automatically equals better organization and efficiency. However, effective organization isn't necessarily contingent upon the size of the warehouse, but rather how you utilize that space.
Achieve a Common Goal with Mobile Point-of-Sale Solutions
In-store dynamics across retailers and restaurants have shifted in recent years, especially with the increasing expectations of customers across all shopping channels. With the rise of e-commerce and mobile ordering, customers have become accustomed to convenience, personalization, and instant gratification. They expect seamless experiences across all touchpoints, whether they are browsing online, visiting a physical store, or picking up an order. Customers are calling the shots. They want what they want when they want it. As a result, the entire landscape has gone through a major makeover. Stores have transformed their layouts to accommodate online orders and pickup, and staff are now expected to have access to real-time inventory data across the whole omnichannel circus. These businesses are somehow expected to do all of this with fewer staff and less space for checkout and ordering.
MobileDemand Rugged xCase Extends Microsoft Surface® Go Functionality with Integrated Payment Device and NFC Reader for Identification
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – June 14, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases, and mobile all-in-one computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced they are adding additional integrated productivity enhancements to its rugged xCase for Microsoft Surface® Go tablets. The release includes an integrated MagTek® tDynamo (Gen II) payment device and integrated rf IDEAS® WAVE ID® Near Field Communication (NFC) reader. Both versions are available with an integrated, high-performance Honeywell® barcode scanner. These new additions continue to expand the list of peripherals designed to enhance productivity in retail, restaurant, healthcare, warehousing and manufacturing operations.
Ultimate Guide to Mounting Rugged Tablets
You’ve decided to pursue a mounted tablet solution. Great choice! With good reason, mounted tablets provide a wide range of benefits from increased productivity to better device protection. But now comes the big question: where do you even begin? With so many options out there, finding the right solution for your business can feel overwhelming. The truth is, every business is unique, and each situation requires careful consideration to determine the best fit. Let me share an example to illustrate this point.
Equip Retail, Restaurant and Healthcare Staff with a Rugged, Windows Powerhouse Tablet
Modern retailers, restaurants and healthcare facilities are continuously seeking ways to implement technology into daily processes – everything from line-busting and drive-thru ordering to patient registration and check-in. At MobileDemand, we are frequently asked for large screen, lightweight devices, without sacrificing ruggedness, for use in retail, restaurants and healthcare operations.
New Lightweight, Rugged Windows xTablet T1110 Designed for Retail and Restaurants Launched by MobileDemand
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – April 20, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases, and mobile all-in-one computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the xTablet T1110, the newest addition to the company’s line of Windows®-based rugged tablets. The value-priced, thin and lightweight device was designed for line-busting, drive-thru ordering, store operations and controls and inventory management. For mobile point-of-sale applications, the xTablet T1110 can be directly paired with a myriad of popular payment systems.
Rugged, Mobile Point-of-Sale Hardware Supports the DRB Mission to Maximize Car Wash Customer Revenue
For over 30 years, Ohio-based DRB®, a leading provider of point-of-sale (POS) software for car washes, has been supporting, and driving, unprecedented levels of growth within the car wash industry. The DRB Masterbrand of ser vices and products empower operators to grow recurring revenue, maximize profitability and deliver remarkable experiences to everyone who interacts with their businesses. To achieve this goal, DRB functions as an all-in-one, turn-key POS solution provider for their car wash customers across the United States and Canada.
Mobile Dimensioning Excitement Builds at ProMat 2023
Last week brought the long-awaited return of ProMat, the industry-leading event for manufacturing and supply chain professionals seeking the newest technological advancements. After four years away, attendees and exhibitors alike flocked to the MobileDemand booth to see the revolutionary, mobile dimensioning software, xDIM, in action.
MobileDemand Previewing New Pallet and Irregular Item Mobile Dimensioning Software and Mobile Smart Scale at ProMat 2023
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – March 15, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced it will be unveiling the new, modern Bluetooth xScale S200 and previewing xDIM™ Mobile pallet and irregular item dimensioning software at ProMat 2023 in Chicago, March 20-23.
Take the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Anywhere with the Protective Rugged xCase
The Surface Pro 9 is the latest generation of the fan favorite, flagship tablet from Microsoft. Offering the latest Windows 11 operating system and the option for a 5G powered device, the Surface Pro 9 is ready for enterprise use anywhere. But with device investment comes device protection – that’s where the proven rugged xCase comes in.
Hawkins County Rescue Squad Increases Service Speeds and Efficiencies with Vehicle Mounted Rugged iPads
Since 1958, Hawkins County Rescue Squad (HCRS) has been providing essential emergency rescue services to the western half of Hawkins County, Tennessee. Governed and staffed entirely on a volunteer basis, the 501(c)3 non-profit provides emergency rescue services for citizens of Hawkins County and surrounding communities, twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days per year.
Productivity-Enhancing, Designed for Microsoft Surface® Certified, Rugged xCase for Surface Pro 9 Launched by MobileDemand
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – February 21, 2023 – Microsoft Surface Pro 9 customers have a new option for device protection and productivity enhancement in more challenging environments. MobileDemand, leading provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the rugged xCase for the Microsoft Surface Pro 9. The xCase is certified by the Designed for Surface® program. This 4th generation certified xCase is compatible with both the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Pro 9 with 5G.
Mobile Dimensioning: The Key to Optimal Warehouse Slotting
Slotting is the process of organizing products within a warehouse to maximize and use available storage space as efficiently as possible. The goal of warehouse slotting is to place products in the most effective locations within the warehouse, taking into account factors such as product size, weight, frequency of use, demand patterns and picking method. In a well-slotted warehouse, products are placed in locations that are easily accessible and close to the shipping and receiving areas, reducing the amount of time and effort required to pick and pack orders. The slotting process starts with knowing the precise dimensions of each product being stored.
Rugged Cases Engineered Tough – Now from 10-feet
Certified to military standards (MIL-STD) is often referred to when it comes to rugged technology. The certification includes subjecting a device to drop and shock tests, among others, to indicate to consumers how rugged the device truly is. At MobileDemand, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality in ruggedness, durability, and performance, which is why we not only meet the MIL-STD standards, but we are continuously innovating in order to exceed these standards. Some companies will claim their devices are designed, certified and tested to these standards, but might not be transparent in the method or results of the tests. At MobileDemand, we utilize a 3rd-party testing organization to certify the ruggedness of all our xCases – four of which have now passed the MIL-STD-810H drop test standards from an unprecedented 10-feet!
More Performance and Flexibility with xDIM Mobile Dimensioning System Enhancements
As companies look for solutions to everyday dimensioning challenges, 4DMobile, the developer of xDIM Mobile Dimensioning is always innovating to help users realize cost savings from challenges like shipping chargebacks, shipping and receiving labor costs, slotting, capacity planning and reverse logistics.
Fareway Improves Productivity by 40,700 Hours Annually
Fareway Stores, a growing Midwest grocery company, currently operates more than 130 stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas. Ensuring a superior customer experience is one of their top priorities. To make sure their shelves are stocked with what customers need, the flow of products from producers and manufacturers must be proactively managed. Fareway had been using clipboards, paper and pens on the store floor to gather shelf levels and compliance information for later entry. To stay competitive, Fareway knew they needed to streamline its operation by eliminating this manual process. They found that the process took too much time, was prone to errors and made it difficult to share data.
Top Findings from NRF: Retail's Big Show 2023
After a bustling few days at the National Retail Federation: Retail’s Big Show 2023, the MobileDemand team felt one thing was certain; in order to stay ahead of the game, retailers must find ways to adapt to the ever-changing needs of consumers while navigating the uncertain economic times. We identified our top three ways to stay ahead of the retail game.
MobileDemand Expands its Line of Productivity Accessories with Smart Scan Handle and Scale for Retail
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – January 13, 2023 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced it will be unveiling its new, modern Bluetooth xScanHandle G200 and xScale S200 at National Retail Federation 2023: Retail’s Big Show in New York City, January 15-17. With complete portability and Bluetooth communication, these smart devices will work wherever merchandise needs to be managed or shipped, adding more functionality and productivity for frontline retail and warehouse workers.
MagTek and MobileDemand Deliver Rugged, Mobile Tablet Payment Modules and Enclosures for Merchants, Service Providers, and Unattended Solutions
Seal Beach, CA, January 12, 2023 - MagTek, a leading world supplier of secure payment technology, and MobileDemand, a leading provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, announce the integration of MagTek’s iDynamo 6, a secure card reader authenticator, with MobileDemand’s Microsoft Surface xCase for Retail. The combination is built for durability and reliability for merchants and service providers that target outdoor and indoor mobile, secured payment station environments.
Productivity-Enhancing Rugged xCase for Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro Launched by MobileDemand
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – December 15, 2022 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the rugged and feature-rich xCase for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab Active business device series. A Samsung tablet paired with additional rugged protection and add-on capabilities of the rugged xCase enables frontline workers to take an Android enterprise device into more industries and applications than ever before.
3rd Generation in the xTablet T1600 Series: The xTablet T1690 | MobileDemand
Introducing the xTablet T1690, the 3rd generation device in the customer favorite xTablet T1600 series. The high-end device offers the latest technological advancements plus the highest levels of performance and protection for field service and frontline workers who rely on rugged devices to streamline mission-critical tasks and workflows, improving productivity in the most demanding industries, including agriculture, warehousing and manufacturing.
Rugged Tablet Leader MobileDemand Launches 3rd Generation of Customer Favorite xTablet T1600 Series with the xTablet T1690
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – November 29, 2022 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases and all-in-one mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the Windows-based xTablet T1690. The company continues to invest in the customer favorite xTablet T1600 series, with the introduction of the 3rd generation, xTablet T1690.
The Rugged xTablet T1185: Designed for Performance and Value
Say hello to the all-new xTablet T1185; the compact rugged form factor delivering powerful protection and high value. The T1185 stands as a mid-level performance device in our lineup of rugged tablets but boasts many popular features and benefits.
New Rugged High-Value xTablet T1185 Introduced by Industry Leader MobileDemand
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – November 15, 2022 – MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets, cases, and mobile all-in-one computing solutions for enterprise productivity, today announced the launch of the Windows-based xTablet T1185. The device will serve as a complementary replacement tablet for the xTablet T1180 by year end.
MobileDemand Nominated for Technology Association of Iowa 2022 Prometheus Awards Creative Technology Solution of the Year
The MobileDemand team is proud to announce our mobile point-of-sale (POS) solutions have been nominated for The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) 2022 Prometheus Awards for Creative Technology Solution of the Year. The annual awards unite Iowa’s innovators and leaders from technology, business, education, and government to celebrate the year’s most momentous achievements.
Sun & Ski Sports Gains 25% E-Commerce Order Efficiency
Sun & Ski Sports is undergoing a self-described “technological metamorphosis,” according to Sean Rutherford, SVP of IT and Logistics. The company recently upgraded its backbone network service to all fiber which is much faster. During and post-COVID pandemic, the company tackled the creation of electronic work and ski tickets. Currently the majority of their e-commerce fulfillment is performed in the stores. Associates use to complete work orders and fulfillment using paper, and each store printed a daily to-do sheet. Sun & Ski Sports knew their new e-commerce provider had fulfillment software, so they started investigating tablets to support that software.
Top 3 Findings from the Package Fulfillment, Logistics and Delivery Expo: North America
The leading global event for the world’s parcel delivery, e-commerce logistics and postal industries has branched out to North America. Package Fulfillment, Logistics and Delivery Expo was the first end-to-end expo for the e-commerce and parcel industry in the United States, covering everything from package fulfillment all the way through to final delivery and returns. After two days of discussions with industry leaders, we broke down our top three key findings below.
The New Warehouse Podcast: MobileDemand at MODEX 2022
MODEX 2022 was packed full of supply chain innovations and solutions, and the team at The New Warehouse was right in the thick of it. Kevin Lawton, founder of The New Warehouse podcast, sat down with industry experts all four days of the show, discussing “news, ideas and insights about the future of the industry in a modern way.”
Updated xDIM Mobile adds large box dimensioning capabilities to speed parcel processing and reduce costs
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – May 10, 2022 – Large box dimensioning just got easier. MobileDemand announces that the award-winning xDIM Mobile Dimensioning, powered by 4DMobile, has added the next step in large box dimensioning.
xDIM Mobile, Powered by 4DMobile, Awarded 2022 Bronze Edison Award
The MobileDemand team is proud to announce xDIM Mobile Dimensioning, powered by 4DMobile, has been awarded the Bronze 2022 Edison Best New Product Award™ in the Manufacturing, Logistics, and Transportation: Supply Chain Solutions category!
Why Use an Integrated RFID Reader Module?
Radio frequency identification, or RFID, has been a popular data transmission tool for many years. An RFID reader is used to identify uniquely tagged assets, aiding and streamlining workflows in industries like government, healthcare, supply chain, and enterprise. An RFID reader module integrated in a rugged tablet offers two unique benefits: nearly limitless identification options and mitigation of human error.